James Nelson Settee (c.1811 - 1902)

St John's Cemetery, Manitoba, Canada

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Place of Burial: St John's Cemetery, Manitoba, Canada
Birthplace: Split Lake, Manitoba, Canada
Death: Died in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Occupation: Anglican minister
Managed by: Jamie Penner
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Immediate Family

    • James Jr.
    • Mary Ann
    • James
    • Nancy
    • Annie
    • Henrietta
    • Alfred
    • Jane
    • Lydia
    • Elizabeth

About James Nelson Settee

Biography of James Settee - Library & Archives Canada


  • Info here about one of James Settee's grandmothers being the daughter of John Newton, b. 1695 to 1750. She was half-sister to John Newton (b. 1725) the theologian, who wrote "Amazing Grace".

1901 Census - Selkirk, MB



(photo of Rev. James Settee and HBC Chief Factors)

From Saskatchewan: A History p.42 "James Settee, a graduate of the Red River School, was a school teacher at the Fort Ellice mission in 1842 when the Church of England sought to move out onto the plains. ... ordained in 1853... took over mission in the Qu'Appelle Valley in 1858 but was forced to close by Assiniboine and Cree who were worried about the half-breeds the mission would attract (and who would slaughter the buffalo).

From The Road to Otter Rapids p.183

in 1845 an Indian Catechist... came to La Ronge Anglican Church ... within 5 years all the Indians in the settlement were church going. Flora Ann & Joseph McAuley's son Joe Jr. tells of accompanying and carrying his knapsack or case at age 10. James was adopted in the USA was educated there and later became a clergyman ?"

  • With regards to the above comment about James Settee's background, I was able to obtain a copy of a statement written by him that is filed in the BC Archives in Victoria, BC. In it, he states that he was born in a village near the Nelson River in Northern Manitoba in 1811-1812 and at the age of 11 or 12, was taken to Red River Settlement where he received an education and training as a member of the clergy in the Anglican church. He further stated that he was named James Nelson Smith, after (James) Hargrave, chief factor, (Nelson) Nelson River and (Smith) after his great grandfather Francis Smith, the captain of an HBC ship.
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James Settee's Timeline

Split Lake, Manitoba, Canada
October 27, 1824
Age 13
Age 37
Fort Ellice, Manitoba, Canada